A parolee has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with last month’s fatal shooting of an alleged prostitute at a Gold Coast hotel.
Washington, 28, of Chicago had already been in custody for violating his parole
on a 2008 drug conviction, since being questioned about the Aug. 13 slaying of
22-year-old Brianna Gardner.
She was found fatally shot
in the head about 10 a.m. in a seventh-floor room of the Whitehall Hotel, 105 E.
Delaware Pl., just off the Magnificent Mile near the John Hancock Center. At
least one guest staying near her room heard what sounded like a gunshot about
3:30 a.m. that day, but police were not notified until hours
later when a cleaning crew discovered her body.
Although police could not
find the murder weapon, Washington’s cell phone was found in the room when
Gardner’s body was discovered.
Gardner was arrested a
week earlier in Chicago on a misdemeanor prostitution charge and had
prostitution arrests in the past year in Houston and Washington, D.C., according
to court records.
Police said Washington was a customer of Gardner's when
she was slain.